Jadavpur University’s ‘tree audit’ initiative will turn three early next month.
As part of a ‘save green’ campaign, the varsity had set out to calculate the number of trees on its campus on August 7, 2019.
The audit began after members of the Jadavpur University Teachers' Association (JUTA) alleged that two trees on the campus had been chopped by a group of people.
Trees on the 58-acre main campus include mahogany, mango, arjun and siris.
“The audit has been a continuous process,” Jadavpur University registrar Snehamanju Basu told PTI.
"The botany department is primarily behind the drive, as part of which trees are being mapped through GPS, videographed and given number tags. There are 2,000 trees on the campus, of which less than 1 per cent are dead. So, the percentage of dead trees is not really significant," she said.
The GPS mapping process, besides for the purpose of a tree census, is also aimed at preventing cutting of trees.
"We need to save the green cover on the campus. We will do whatever is needed to ensure the survival of the trees. The students, faculty members, employees and everyone have stakes in the drive," the registrar said.